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UC Real Estate Roundtable Series kicks off Oct. 4

Urban Land Institute and UC Real Estate Center jointly present the first 2019-20 UC Roundtable Series program

How will the Greater Cincinnati region accommodate the growth that is forecasted to occur in the first half of the 21st century?

Will our elected officials, business and institutional leaders, and other stakeholders in our region work together to identify common ground and plan for land use and development that leads to an economically and environmentally sustainable future?

If our individual cities and counties continue to compete with one another for jobs and resources, will this result in a continuation of the 20th-century pattern of sprawling, unconnected, and unsustainable growth? 

The October conference, program jointly presented by the UC Real Estate Center and Urban Land Institute, will feature a leading advocate for economic development, education, healthcare and the arts in Greater Cincinnati. John F. Barrett, chairman, president and CEO of Western & Southern Financial Group, will provide his perspective on how Cincinnati has changed and what it will take for the city and region to continue moving so we stay relevant and sustainable.

In addition, Frank Cohen, a senior managing director with Blackstone, will be coming “home” to Cincinnati to explain how his experience and expertise in 308,000 residential units and homes, 231 million square feet of office, 75 million square feet of retail, 561 million square feet in logistical facilities and 151,000 hotel keys around the globe can help advocate for the continued moving of Cincinnati and the region towards growth.

This program is an opportunity to hear from these thought leaders and take a closer look at the vision of how Cincinnati can effectively move towards impactful growth.

Featured image/Cincinnati Refined

Guest speaker John Barrett portrait

John Barrett is chairman, president and CEO of Western & Southern Financial Group. He serves on a wide range of boards and is highly active in the business and non-profit communities. Under his guidance, Western & Southern has become a recognized leader in consumer and business financial services providing life and health insurance, annuities, mutual funds, investment management, financial planning and retirement solutions through its member companies. Read more>>

Frank Cohen portrait

Frank Cohen is a senior managing director and the global head of Core+ Real Estate with Blackstone. He is also the chairman and CEO of Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust. Since joining Blackstone in 1996, Cohen has been involved in over $100 billion of real estate transactions. He has been involved with many of the firm’s notable investments including Equity Office, CarrAmerica Realty, Trizec and IndCor Properties. He serves as a director for several Blackstone portfolio companies. Read more>>